Citra Splendor
Manor Hill Brewing

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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #1,647
Ranked #5,829
4.06 | pDev: 9.85%
Manor Hill Brewing
Maryland, United States
Citra SplendorCitra Splendor
Notes: Welcome to the world of bright, citrus and tropical fruit forward IPA’s. This divinely hoppy brew will clock in at 83 IBUs and will pour a hazy golden color with a big white head. Aromas of lemon peel, tangerine, and passion fruit come through on the nose with some dank undertones. The flavor profile begins with an intense hop bitterness that is complimented by slightly sweet, caramel malt in the finish.
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Reviews: 37 | Ratings: 128
Photo of Speartron
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Lemon peel, orange zest and pineapple on the nose.

Pineapple-y light yellow. Really hazy..

Some alcohol sweetness but no booziness. Lemon zest and fresh pineapple juice on the frontend. Something a bit bromelain sting, although really light.

A bit floral. Something nectar-like. Pine-oil in smell. The dank doesn't me hit until in the aftertaste. All the bitterness comes in the aftertaste/swallow.

A better version of Lienenlugel's Summer Shandy if you prefer it.

Watery. Something like Pine-oil lingers a little, but it's pretty thin and watery to me.

$13.99/6pk. Not bad to try once, and is a good interpretation of a American Style IPA, although for the price I feel like other better ones are available, or I'd pick up a pack of Lienenlugel's.

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours very pale and bright and reasonably hazy. Nose reminds me of when orange juice goes hard along with some tropical notes. Certainly quite yeasty and a bit dank. Taste is really light for an 8.3% beer and you have to let it get up to near room temperature before the alcohol comes through. Also a bit of tartness on the back end. IBU perception is considerably low as you'd expect from this style of IPA but is is still surprising to read that it is listed as 83. Overall, if you are looking for yeasty, soft, and fruity, this is solid. Just make sure it is fresh.

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Photo of ovaltine
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is sorta like a cross between NE-style IPS’s and a traditional DIPA. It has the look, with the super hazy grapefruit color, and the nose has the Citra hop aromas, but there’s also a boozy note.

The taste is centered on the Citra hop flavors, but the aforementioned boozy note is still present, and the mouthfeel is straight forward old-school DIPA. I’m really enjoying this, whatever category you place this in.

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Photo of pizzabutt
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

poured from a 32oz growler into a 25(?)oz tankard (i dunno how big it is but it's pretty large)

look: amber, a bit hazy but still translucent. not much head.

smell: piney, hoppy, a bit fruity. a little bit of dankness.

taste: citrus hops. a slight pineyness and a small helping of malt. not bitter at all, despite being a double ipa. aftertaste is a bit grassy. very ester-y.

feel: slick, well carbonated. light-medium bodied and just a little dry.

overall: a double IPA unlike any other double IPA i've tasted. it isn't super piney or bitter, but has a nice fruity flavor. reminds me almost of a new england IPA but stronger and hoppier. if you like your IPAs citrusy and delicious, this is the DIPA for you.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Can, about one month old, served in a tumbler. Pours a cloudy golden yellow body, slight orange hue, one and half finger white head, fair retention, no lacing. Smell is citrus, sweet bready malt, a bit of caramel, grapefruit and a touch of resin. Promising; however the flavour is a bit on the sweeter side, touch of honey slathered on the white bread, fair bit of caramel followed up by grapefruit and a touch of lemon. Moderate leafy resinous bitterness on the backend. Mouthfeel is medium-lighter bodied, a bit slick and slightly syrupy, fair bit of carbonation. A bit out of sorts here, although the nose was very promising.

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Photo of Smakawhat
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Canned December 19th 2017 (I think?)

Well a simple and nice body color is presented, there is litteraly no head creation on this beer. I mean for an IPA it's nearly lifeless in appearance. Half finger of white head, but manages a stable crown. No lacing, no retention, I mean nothing. Barely looks like the beer has any attenuation to it. Tangerine orange body, a bit opaque but slightly muddy too.

Very nice aroma though as things finally showcase some IPA love. Sharp citrus orange to tangerine notes, with touches of earthy qualities. Flirts a little caramel thick, but the sweetness is mostly showcased in the hop angle. Quite nice.

Palate unfortunately but not surprisingly as the appearance hints falls flat. Thick bodied but also syrupy but luckily without too much sweetness. Dead lifeless mouthfeel but with a decent citrus profile in flavor. Mid palate of orange and tangerine, but far from juicy character, and sort of flour dry thickness prevails on the malt body. Touches a little spicy on the finish as well, with even some zesty citrus qualities.

It's got a really good flavor for it, but the mouthfeel is lifeless and dead. There's a good maybe even a great beer lurking in here.

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Photo of BJB13
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 11/13/17
12 oz. can poured into a nonic style pint glass.

One and a half fingers of cream colored foam rests upon a slightly cloudy, copper body. Some sticky lace adheres to the glass in rings.

A decent strength and somewhat pungent aroma greets my nose. Light citrus and green leafy hops are the mainstay with a bit of lemon underneath.

The taste starts moderately hoppy and mostly dry. This profile carries through to the finish with a rising bitterness. The feel is rather light and crisp with a light to medium body. The finishing bite is more from the hop bitterness than the moderate carbonation. It does have a little frothiness to it but not much.

Nothing fancy just solid and straight forward, a good DIPA that hides its alcohol well.

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Photo of DuaneL
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a thick, tasty IPA. Growler from Elkton. It is yummy (JK) but since ABV is 8.3 that is actually a negative for me -- will have to drink it in small amounts! Or get too drunk!

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Photo of mcsst44us
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excellent offering. Had a 12 oz can - pours a rich golden - orange color with a good amount of head. Heavy aromas of citrus. The citrus taste nicely balances the higher ABV. Smoother than many similar offerings on the market. A great example of the style (citrusy double ipas) that is fast becoming the great American beer!

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Photo of ocelot2500
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky golden color with a creamy white head that leaves little chunks of lacing.

Smells of bright citrus and tropical hops.

Tastes of the bright hops up front layered over a nice malt base. Hops lead off with notes of grapefruit, pineapple, mango, and some melon. This gives way to a bit of bitterness. Malts add in with syrupy sweetness as well as caramel. Some pine and grass come through towards the end and linger through the finish along with the tropical notes.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a tasty DIPA.

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Photo of TripleSun
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I'm loving this release. Dated 3/7/2017 poured into my Tired Hands goblet

L - Autumn/light red amber color going on
S - This nose is so vibrant with citrus. lemon, grapefruit and apricot many others I'm sure and has a slight gummy bear sweetness to the nose
T - Mouth follows nose more or less and has a certain relaxed caramel finish
F - Very drinkable for 8.3% and has a nice sticky hop bite that isn't overwhelming

I'm looking forward to try more from these guys and really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of John_M
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Manor Hill Tavern the other day.

The beer pours a light orange amber color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose, this is really quite impressive, as I pick up considerable tropical fruit, orange citrus, pine and dank weed. This smells like a serious, big boy IPA/DIPA. The flavor profile replicates the nose fairly closely, with the alcohol very well integrated into the flavor profile. Frankly, I think the 8.3% abv. is a very nice level of alcohol for this DIPA, and the beer wasn't the least bit boozy or hot Even so, you can tell this is sizeable IPA, with a considerable amount of noticeable tropical fruit, citrus and pine. Fortunately, there's more than enough bitterness to counter and balance the tropical fruit, and ultimately the finish was quite dry and bitter. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, and I thought drinkability was terrific.

Very impressive DIPA from Manor Hill. Fresh and on draft, this beer is flat out terrific. Would order this again in a heartbeat.

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Photo of EtOHbro
3.4/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I started my account just so I could provide my 2 cents on this beer. In short: overhyped and damn expensive.

L: Hazy dark-golden beer with a one-finger head. minimal lacing, rich, fine bubbles

S: Citra, almost so aromatically citrus I wonder if there's orange peel in there as well. None reported on can or on their website

T: Man... this just fell flat. As the name suggests, citra all the way. People complained about some degree of cloying bitterness but honestly, it was pretty mild imo. Opens with strong hop character, classic citra notes of orange mixed with a clean pine. Definitely the predominant flavor, and it's there from start to finish. Ends cleanly with a slight sweetness and bitterness on the tongue. Tanginess absent. 8.3% abv well-hidden.

F: Flat, flat, flat, flat. Reasonable carbonation would have been welcome to further "crisp" up the beer. Gave the impression of juice cut with seltzer. Smooth down the throat. Cver so slightly thicker than average.

O: In short, I felt jipped. This tastes like an imitation citradelic. Sure it's a local beer and all that, but it's overpriced and overhyped.

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Photo of larryi86
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can, dated 1/3/17, poured into a teku

A- A hazy burnt orangish color with a two finger white head.

S- Some tropical fruits, citrus, citrus rind, touch of alcohol and malts, a faint vegetable like aroma.

T- Citrus, tropcial fruits, a little dank, piney finish, touch a caramel malts.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- A solid citra IIPA. Worth picking up.

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Photo of mmthompson33
4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was canned 1/3/17 and is phenomenal. They must have tweaked the recipe, since I had it in the past and it was a bit metallic and medicinal, not quite as smooth. It pours a very hazy orange, and has the smooth mouthfeel of a classic New England IPA. Not quite top tier like Treehouse Haze, but in the same vicinity. This should fly off the shelves in the DC Baltimore area.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a burnished, foggy orange with a finger of off-white head. Head retention is moderate, with lacing dotted here and there. Aroma teeming with wonderful hop notes. Pineapples, mangoes, and oranges give Citra Splendor a wonderful mouth watering fruity aroma. Resin hops, and biscuit malts sit back stage to the center light of the tropical fruits. Mangoes, papayas, and pineapple open the flavor profile up, evoking memories of days spent on beaches, or simply walking down a tropical fruit aisle at the health food store. A slight sticky resin hop note with some biscuit malts help substantiate the otherwise fruity flavor. Despite the heavy presence of fruit, the beer does taste a bit heavier. Make no mistake, it doesn't sip lightly like some fruity IPAs. Mouth feel enhances the boldness of the flavor with its medium-thick consistency and texture. There is certainly a presence in the body and feel of this beer, making it easy to sip and savor. Overall, Citra Splendor is a wonderfully done imperial IPA. The citra hops stand out boldly, while refraining from giving this beer a bitter, back-handed IPA bite.

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Photo of nimrod979
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Canned 10/21 Reviewed 11/26 Poured into a standard pint glass.

L: A slightly hazes orange copper with a thin white head. That fades quickly and leaves no noticeable traces in the glass.

S: Orange rind, Orange juice. Grapefruit. A bit of resiny dankness.

T: Follows suit to the aroma but with a candied orange sweetness. Orange & lemon peel, with notes of tropical fruit. A slight medicinal flavor possibly attributed to the sweetness and alcohol content. Faint underlying caramel malt.

F: Low carbonation, slightly thin with a syrupy coating through the finish but drinks oh so smooth for 8.3%

O: A pretty solid DIPA. One that really gets sought out and sells out quickly upon release in MD.

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Photo of Nightmare1972
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very inconsistent unfortunately, but when it is on point this beer is very good, not 100 percent juice bomb but it hazy and has alot of citra aromas #drinklocal

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Photo of hoppytobehere
2.95/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

On tap at Meridian Pint in DC.

Hops: Citra, not sure what else

Been wanting to try this one for a while now, but what a disappointment. This beer is a mess and I really can't understand why anyone would rate this highly. Citra is such a great hop, but all of those delicious citrus, tropical fruit notes are taken over by this harsh medicinal quality. This beer was hard to finish. Over-hyped by the locals, I'm afraid.

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Photo of BillRoth
3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Revised 11/18/18
Had a can this time, and was less impressed. Can poured a weak head which quickly dissipated and left “0” lacing. Nose was consistent with Citra...citrus and tropical expected. But flavor was a bit disjointed. Had the Citra fruit but the backbone almost seemed baby food puréed fruit/applesauce like. And this gave a slightly distracting off taste at finish.
Still overall a good beer, but in this crazy hazy NEIPA kind of world we’re in... this was a step back from what I experienced fresh on tap a couple of years ago. And has fallen behind many very good local MD as well as other versions of this style.

Sept 2016 -Had on tap at MH tasting room. Decent IPA featuring the ever popular Citra hop. Thought it a pleasant not too in your face beer. Didn't stand out but would definitely order again.

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Photo of mynie
2.52/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours very limp. The can made no Chick-coo, nor even a little hiss. Looks hazy and minimally carbonated with nary a head to be seen.

Smells sweet. Clear citra hops (good) against off medicinal nodes (bad). The citra can blot out much, but not everything.

Tastes, sadly, as it smells. Citra up front, medicinal weirdness in the middle and back. Cough syrup nodes hang upon my tongue. It's not, like Minhas-level horrible. I can finish it. But it's not the sort of thing I would ever allow people to purchase.

Basically an okay homebrew. Not nearly worth what they charge.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Paul! Bright orange body with a mild haze. Quarter inch of off-white head. Bready malts, pine, juicy citrus. Lingering biscuit character with grapefruit tang. Tasty.

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Photo of leroybrown10
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a bright orange-gold. Quite a bit a haze and opacity. Large eggshell head is fairly dense. Moderate amount of lacing.

Big citrus aroma. Orange rind and lemon peel in particular. Undertones of mango and pineapple. Light doughy malt.

Really get the orange on first sip. Lemon, tangerine, and a touch of grapefruit. Mango as well. Caramel malt as a mild balance.

Medium body with medium carbonation. Citric bitterness. Lingering orange and a very strong hop bite on the finish.

Really well done. Big, classic citra characteristics. Just enough malt but still a hop showcase.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Canned on 4/25/16 (10 days record for my area distributor). Kinda murky and dark orange. Small head. Smell is a citrus delight. I've had only a few others that beat this one in aroma but this is pretty darn top notch. Taste is extremely powerful on hop goodness but a really big malt background to balance and finishes extremely smooth and only a touch bitter. Touch of onion in the flavor but the citrus pretty much steals the show here. Mouthfeel is very rich and creamy for an IPA. Overall this is a stellar DIPA. Highly recommend.

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Photo of beertunes
3.24/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to beatjunkee for the ninja box from NBS BIF #3. Poured into 10oz goblet from 16oz can. Poured a cloudy, opaque even, orange-yellow color with just a thin cap of white head that dissipated quickly, leaving just a ring, and light lacing.

A big blast of citrusy hops hit the nose as soon as I cracked the can. On closer olfactory inspection, there was a bit of pine in the background, and very faint grains. The floral tones were along the sides of the tongue, that then mixed with the citrus at the back for a slightly bitter finish.

The body was pretty light for an ImpIPA, but coated the palate well, and had a nicely lingering finish. Drinkability was good, I knocked the pint off in a prompt manner, and enjoyed the process. Overall, a pretty nice brew. Personally, I prefer a clearer, cleaner looking brew, and one with a bit more body. But, at least this one had enough personality and presence to hang around and remind you that it had visited. It didn't slink meekly away, leaving you to wonder, a few seconds later, whether you had taken a sip or not. Worth trying if you see it.

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Citra Splendor from Manor Hill Brewing
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 128 ratings